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narcosynthesis

(narcoanalytic interview, narcotherapy)
  • Partly diagnostic tool and partly treatment procedure, this interview or psychotherapeutic intervention after the induction of a state of near sleep by administration of an hypnotic drug may assist in management of some mental disorders and has been used as an adjunct to aversive treatment of alcoholism.
  • In psychoanalysis, the term can also have the narrower meaning of use material from dreams, free association, etc. obtained while the patient is under the influence of the drug in later sessions while fully awake.

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